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Sundays Are Meant to Be Savored & Ciambellone

Posted in Caro Diario.(dear diary..), coffee, cucina, cucina povere, entertaining, and recipes

copyright 2010, Maria Liberati

sunday in Rome

Godere -the verb that can be translated to ‘intensely enjoy with pleasure’… but it means more than that…we don’t have one word in english to express the profoundness of this verb. It means to enjoy, but with all your heart and soul, to get lost in the pleasure..

“Mi sono proprio goduto la Domenica”..a phrase told to me by an astute 11 yr old..wise beyond his years about last Sunday and what we should strive for every Sunday… Sunday is meant to be enjoyed..there is only one Sunday per week… So Carpe Diem!

Wise words to follow..just think of what a wonderful week you will have if you have a Sunday to look forward to… a Sunday that you know you will really enjoy


 Sundays are my favorite Holiday! Make it a day to treat yourself to something that you will really enjoy, even if it means just taking a break from your regular routine..but Godere means more than just sleeping sleeping late means that you are letting many beautiful things pass you by..the sun the sky, the museums,a trip to an open air market..a trip to a local coffee bar..a park….somewhere that will be a treat for yourself to go to…

And to begin a beautiful start for a day that is to “godere” here is a recipe for a typical light Italian style pound cake known as ‘ciambellone  classico” and then off to a beautiful day…

Ciambellone Classico (Classic Italian Pound Cake)

from The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions (winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards)

 ciambellone classico

2 cups all purpose flour or cake flour sifted

¾ cup sugar

3 eggs

½ cup melted butter

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt


peel of 1 lemon

extra flour and butter for greasing pan


Work together the sugar and eggs. Blend in flour and melted butter. Work the dough till it is a smooth blended dough and add in the baking powder and salt and lemon peel. Butter and flour a cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Should be golden on top. Remove from oven and cool. You can decorate the top with a dusting of powdered sugar or shaved dark chocolate.

Mangia Bene, Vivi Bene,



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